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Are You Ready to Export?

Are You Ready to Export?

By Peter J. Cazamias, SBA Official
Published: May 22, 2018 Updated: May 29, 2018

Let me ask that a different way… Are you interested in selling to a market that is huge, growing, and greatly values U.S. products and services? Of course you are!  Answering yes to that doesn’t necessarily mean you are “ready to export” but it is still a good place to start.

So, now that we have established that you see potential in a market that represents over 95 percent of the world’s population and more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power, let’s talk about what to do next.

For those of you that may not have gotten the news earlier, we are in the midst of presenting a FREE four-part webinar series on how to compete and win in the global marketplace.  Through this World Trade Month Go Global series, we invite you to learn more about Federal export promotion services.  Participants can gain valuable insights on strategies for international sales success.

World Trade Month Go Global Webinar Series

Whether you are an owner of a small or medium-sized business, in marketing or sales, an aspiring entrepreneur, or even if you are already exporting, you can benefit from learning about available assistance for U.S. small businesses.

The four-part webinar series will take place throughout World Trade Month on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM EDT.  If you have missed any, no worries!  Recordings are available. 

Here are the topics being addressed:

  • Get Started- May 9
  • Get Paid- May 16
  • Prepare to Ship- May 23
  • Manage Challenges- May 30

No pre-registration is required. Just go here (the Census Bureau’s Outreach site) to get the details or links to recordings.  Don’t forget to add the call-in information for upcoming webinars to your calendar!

Federal agencies presenting:

Small Business Administration, Ex-Im Bank, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Industry and Security).

Here are a few more resources for those of you looking to grow your business through international sales:

To assess your current export readiness, check out this article: HOW AN EXPORT READINESS ASSESSMENT CAN HELP PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION

Utilize the SBA Export Business Planner to help prepare your export business plan.  Need help walking through this?  Consult with your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Visit https://www.export.gov/How-to-Export for videos with tips to getting started and links to other resources available to small business exporters and those aspiring to sell products and services overseas.

Welcome to the wonderful (and exciting) global marketplace!

 

About the Author:

Peter J. Cazamias
Peter J. Cazamias

SBA Official

Peter J. Cazamias serves as the Associate Administrator for SBA's Office of International Trade.